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The debates are over and it's on to the swing states in a presidential campaign that's almost over. Is last night's debate on foreign policy likely to make a difference? On Reporter's Notebook, are Washington State and Colorado ready to go beyond medical marijuana and legalize pot just for fun?  Polls show that could be just two weeks away.

Banner image: Moderator Bob Schieffer (L) speaks to President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the start of the final presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida October 22, 2012. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters

Making News Obama, Romney Focus on Swing States in Home Stretch 7 MIN, 32 SEC

With the race still considered dead even, there will be no holds barred between now and November 6. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have all the money they need for TV commercials, publications and repeated visits to so-called swing states. Michael Shear is Washington reporter and chief correspondent for the Caucus blog at the New York Times.

Michael D. Shear, New York Times (@shearm)

Main Topic The Last Debate: Foreign Policy, with Just Two Weeks Remaining 35 MIN, 35 SEC

In last night's final debate, it wasn't the challenger who went on the offensive as much as the incumbent.  President Obama called Mitt Romney "wrong and reckless," and tried to associate him with policies of the past. Romney said US influence is "receding" around the world, but blamed the economy. On foreign affairs, he was all about peace, in both style and content, but he did not offer policies much different from those of Obama. Was he intimidated, inexperienced or reassuring voters he would not be a warmonger? Was Obama aggressive out of desperation? Did the world learn much last night about how the US might deal with crucial issues over the next four years?


Michael Scherer, Time Magazine (@michaelscherer)
David Ignatius, Washington Post / Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (@IgnatiusPost)
Peter Feaver, Duke University (@ForeignPolicy)
Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations (@StewartMPatrick)
Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)

Reporter's Notebook Western States Get Ready for Legalized Marijuana 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, but polls show Colorado and Washington State are ready to decriminalize it — without a doctor's prescription -- in next month's elections. In Colorado, medical marijuana is already a $200 million industry that's created 4,000 jobs. If it's completely decriminalized, entrepreneurs are ready to make a killing. Tony Dokoupil is senior writer for Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

Tony Dokoupil, Newsweek/Daily Beast

Marijuana Legalization

Jonathan P. Caulkins

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